Personal injury in Regional Bar
Dere Street Barristers
St Paul's Chambers
St Paul's Chambers is predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants in personal injury cases, with a particular focus on complex, large-scale cases. Robert Smith and Sophie Mitchell are the names to note for high-value and complex claims. Mitchell also undertakes work representing government defendants.
The 'dominant' Parklane Plowden is 'exceptional and certainly head and shoulders above the majority of other sets in North East and Yorkshire'. The 'tactically brilliant' Andrew Axon has particular expertise in representing claimants with severe brain injuries, who lack capacity and have complex rehabilitation and care needs. The 'technically astute' Richard Copnall led the 'razor-sharp' Abigail Telford in Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey, a claim under the industrial disease scheme for vibration white finger; the Supreme Court case clarified what evidence can be taken into account when determining the loss of chance of bringing a claim and how to deal with later-coming evidence. The 'very passionate' Michael Ditchfield specialises in industrial disease claims, particularly dust-based diseases, and novel issues arising as to the date of guilty knowledge and foreseeability of risk. 'Superb with cool-headed analysis', Elizabeth Hodgson is a go-to counsel for employers’ liability claims and public liability claims against local authorities, as well as for limitation issues. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Justin Crossley from Zenith Chambers.
Park Square Barristers has a nationally renowned personal injury, disease, and clinical negligence team, representing both claimants and defendants nationwide. Andrew Lewis QC's practice involves high-value catastrophic injury claims, particularly brain and spinal cord injury cases. Lewis QC was involved in the first case in which an order approving periodical payments of future heads of expenses and losses had been made in the Isle of Man. The value of the claim was £25m. Simon Anderson is a leading name in disease litigation and psychiatric injury claims on the North East Circuit. Judy Dawson is regularly instructed by defendants in high-value claims and she is well-versed in the technicalities that arise in relation to such issues and complex disclosure arguments. Richard Paige has practiced for over 20 years in all areas of personal injury and acts for defendant insurers in defending spurious claims. The arrivals of Andrew Wilson, Ruwena Khan, and Mark Henley from the now-closed Zenith Chambers have further strengthened the team.
Exchange Chambers has 'a wide selection of barristers from the very junior end to silk' and clerks who 'are proactive and helpful'. The set's personal injury team handles high value, complex cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, fatal accidents, industrial disease, and severe brain and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. The 'very knowledgeable' Paul Kirtley undertakes work in all areas of the personal injury field and is experienced in complex, high-value claims. Pankaj Madan specialises in very serious and catastrophic injury cases, with most of his work being traumatic brain injury and high-value pain cases. The set has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Simon Ross from the now-closed Zenith Chambers. Being an ex-solicitor, Ross he 'is focused not only on directions and the end result but also acutely understands the pressures upon the solicitor, which helps when looking at proportionality and keeps client's expectations reasonable'.
Kings Chambers' personal injury team is 'renowned for its in-depth advice and advocacy skills'. With 'sound judgement' and 'purposeful in negotiations' Toby Coupe is one of the impressive juniors, regularly receiving instructions on catastrophic injury cases from both leading claimant and defendant firms. Simon Plaut is 'extremely forensic in examination of facts' and is a specialist in serious personal injury and industrial disease and is instructed nationwide. With encyclopaedic knowledge of the law', Gordon Exall is instructed in multi-million-pound catastrophic cases, complex high-value cases involving life-changing injuries right down to the low-value injuries, covering a wide spectrum of fatal accidents, accidents at work, industrial disease, occupiers liability, trips and slips, and road traffic accidents.